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2018 Jacksonville Jaguars depth chart: 8 way-too-early observations that are definitely (but also might not be) overreactions

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The Jacksonville Jaguars just released their first depth chart of the season ahead of their Week 1 preseason matchup against the New Orleans Saints and while some of the places these players are penciled in might not mean very much but they definitely don’t not mean very much, you know?

You know.

Anyway, let’s go through the depth chart and talk about it because, well, that’s what the preseason is for.

Offense

Position First Second Third Fourth Other
Position First Second Third Fourth Other
WR Keelan Cole Dede Westbrook Donte Moncrief DeAndre Smelter Dorren Miller
LT Cam Robinson Josh Wells Brandon Smith
LG Andrew Norwell Chris Reed KC McDermott
C Brandon Linder Tyler Shatley Tony Adams
RG A.J. Cann Josh Walker Michael Dunn
RT Jermey Parnell William Poehls/Will Richardson Jr.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Ben Koyack Niles Paul/James O'Shaughnessy David Grinnage Scott Orndoff
WR Marqise Lee DJ Chark Jr. Rashad Greene/Shane Wynn Jaydon Mickens Allen Lazard/Montay Crockett
QB Blake Bortles Cody Kessler Tanner Lee
RB Leonard Fournette T.J. Yeldon Corey Grant Tim Cook Brandon Wilds
FB Tommy Bohanon

Defense

Position First Second Third Fourth Other
Position First Second Third Fourth Other
DE Yannick Ngakoue Dante Fowler Jr. Lerentee McCray Carroll Phillips Darius Jackson
NT Marcell Dareus/Abry Jones Eli Ankou Sealver Siliga
DT Michael Bennett Taven Bryan
DE Calais Campbell Taven Bryan Dawuane Smoot Hunter Dimick Lyndon Johnson
WLB Telvin Smith Sr. Blair Brown Deon King Reggie Hunter
MLB Myles Jack Donald Payne Andrew Motuapuaka
SLB Leon Jacobs Brooks Ellis Manase Hungalu
LCB Jalen Ramsey D.J. Hayden Tre Herndon Charlie Miller Sammy Seamster/Quenton Meeks
FS Tashaun Gipson Sr. Cody Davis/Tevaun Smith C.J. Reavis
SS Barry Church Ronnie Harrison Don Carey III
RCB A.J. Bouye Tyler Patmon Jalen Myrick Dexter McDougle Dee Delaney

Special teams

Position First Second Third Fourth Other
Position First Second Third Fourth Other
PK Josh Lambo
KOS Josh Lambo
P Logan Cooke
H Logan Cooke
LS Carson Tinker
PR Jaydon Mickens Rashad Greene Sr. Dede Westbrook
KR Marqise Lee Corey Grant Dede Westbrook

Will Richardson ain’t a guard

Remember when we thought the fourth round pick could be A.J. Cann’s eventual replacement at right guard? Yeah, it doesn’t really look that way. Aside from getting reps exclusively at right tackle — as far as I can remember — it doesn’t seem like head coach Doug Marrone or offensive line coach Pat Flaherty are going to mess with a position change along the starting five. Cann at right guard is, right now, a better option than asking Richardson to learn a new spot as a means of potentially shoring up that right guard spot.

Keelan Cole is the No. 1 receiver...

The Jaguars always list the No. 1 receiver at the top of the list. They did last year with Allen Robinson at the top and here they have Keelan Cole in his spot.

...and Donte Moncrief is way down the list

He’s been banged up a bit in camp so this makes sense. DJ Chark and Dede Westbrook are ahead of him. With praise from Blake Bortles as soon as camp started, Moncrief will likely get higher on the depth chart as the preseason progresses, but does he have the outside receiver opposite Marqise Lee or Keelan Cole wrapped up? I’m not so sure.

Ben Koyack is still hanging around

Koyack’s versatility as a tight end or an H-back on any given play makes him a favorite among the coaching staff. The fact he’s the unquestioned No. 2 tight end at this point says as much.

Leon Jacobs has the inside track to strongside linebacker

There haven’t been many surprises or stories when it comes to camp battles because, frankly, this roster is solid at the top. There’s not a lot of spots for young guys to step up. But with Paul Posluszny’s retirement, there was a void at strongside and Jacobs has made the most of his opportunity.

Jalen Myrick is fighting for a job

Newly signed D.J. Hayden is competing with Tyler Patmon for the nickel cornerback position and Myrick is the odd man looking out. The Jaguars likely keep five safeties as opposed to the typical four which could mean that they only keep five cornerbacks. If Myrick is going to stick around on the team that drafted him, he’s got to fend off Tre Herndon who has had a couple of highlights in camp so far.

Taven Bryan is Calais Campbell’s heir apparent

There doesn’t seem to be much gray area. Bryan was an accomplished defensive tackle in college but it looks like the Jaguars are going to line him up a little farther from the ball. Defensive coordinator Todd Wash said he’ll line up as a defensive tackle on third downs and obvious passing downs, but Bryan has a real chance to settle into a true defensive end opposite Yannick Ngakoue.

Marqise Lee is back at kick returner?

Corey Grant was the unquestioned kick returner for most of the 2017 season but it looks like the team is giving Lee another shot like he had in 2016. Lee didn’t return a single kickoff last season but he’s above Grant in the depth chart. Maybe the coaching staff has some ideas for Grant in this offense to where they want him fresh for first and second downs?

BONUS! Where is Malik Jackson?!

Did he get injured? Is he on the trading block? Did the guy who filled out the Jaguars.com depth chart page make a simple, yet overstated, mistake when he left the DT1 block blank? THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE. Out of integrity for the hallowed #online depth chart, I cannot in good conscience just assume Malik was going to be in that convenient blank spot where he makes sense to be and pretend everything is going to be okay. According to the official website for your Jacksonville Jaguars, it would seem Malik is not on the team.

We will update as this story develops.